" Take heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye LOVE the Lord your God." Joshua 23:11
This past week I have been dwelling much on the importance of being right before God... of giving my best to a righteous and holy God.
The passage of Cain and Abel was brought up in a recent Bible study and I went home thinking about it. I thought about Cain's offering, an offering that we know was displeasing to the Lord...
.... and then I thought about Abel's offering... an offering consisting of his best, his firstlings and the fat thereof.
Seeing God's approval of Abel's offering, Cain became very angry. Why would God be displeased with his grain offering and not accept it? We would look at it and say, " Well, Cain did bring an offering, did he not?"
Yes, Cain did bring an offering... but God was displeased with his offering. Why? Because God knew Cain's motives and heart. It wasn't his best...
And yet we see God answering Cain with kindness,
"If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?
and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door."
How often I see myself trying to place the SELF above what is required of God.
How often I see myself trying to "maneuver" my actions to be "pleasing" before God... and still come out looking like I'm obeying God.
- The flesh is always concerned with "coming out on top and winning"... but God is concerned with a pure heart, a heart that is fully devoted to Him.
- The flesh deceives us in thinking we "can get away with it"... but God knows and searches the motives of our hearts.
Oh, how necessary it is for us to examine ourselves... that we be in the Spirit and not in the flesh. For if we do well, we shall be accepted of the Lord... and we will have nothing to fear.
" Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves..."
2 Corinthians 13:5
Lord God... you are righteous and holy, create in us a clean heart and help us to seek after righteousness. May we be a pleasing aroma before you in Jesus Christ.
May you the love the Lord God out of a pure heart and offer your best to Him.